Drivers on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast are being urged to avoid a major highway after a nine-car pileup caused southbound lanes to be closed.
The vehicles are believed to have crashed about 1.40pm Monday along the Bruce Hwy through Landsborough, about 2km south of Caloundra.
Authorities closed southbound lanes, with diversions in place directing traffic onto Steve Irwin Way.
However, drivers were being urged to avoid the area if possible.
BRUCE HIGHWAY, CORBOULD PARK: Southbound lanes blocked following large multi-vehicle traffic crash 2km south of Caloundra Interchange. While diversions are currently in place onto Steve Irwin Way, motorists are advised to avoid the area if possible. #Qldtrafficpic.twitter.com/3cQ4c8i1d1
— Queensland Police (@QldPolice) September 4, 2023
A Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) spokesperson says eight people were taken to Sunshine Coast University Hospital in stable conditions.
Twelve people were assessed at the scene, and no major injuries have been reported.
Video from the scene shows at least four trucks involved in the incident, including a B-double.
The massive crash follows a series of fatal incidents on Queensland roads over the weekend.
A 17-year-old boy was killed after crashing his four-wheel-drive into trees at Maryborough on Saturday evening.
A 45-year-old Owens Creek man was killed in the early hours of Sunday when his four-wheel-drive collided with a coal truck at Dysart.
And a man was killed when his Nissan Navara ute left Flinders Hwy, west of Townsville, and crashed about 9.30am Monday.